Travelling by rail, bus or coach is a great alternative to being stuck in congestion and you don’t need to look for a parking space. Somerset has an extensive public transport network and offers an alternative for individuals to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint.
Taking the Bus
Yeovil is well connected to surrounding towns and villages by bus to the town centre and there are hourly or better bus services to places including Chard, Crewkerne, Sherborne, Wincanton, South Petherton, Somerton, Langport, Taunton, Glastonbury, Wells and Taunton.
South West Coaches provide regular bus services around Yeovil including a half hourly service to Yeovil Junction and Pen Mill rail Stations and connect to other towns from the bus station. Service 70 runs through Wyndham Park to the Bus Station from 7.38am until 18.17pm (Monday to Saturday except public holidays) To find out more visit www.southwestcoaches.co.uk.
First Bus Group also run regular services into the town centre from nearby locations, to other parts of Yeovil and to surrounding towns.
For Yeovil town centre shopping, get off the bus at the Bus Station on Central Road, which is adjacent the Quedam Centre and Vicarage Street Methodist Church.
To get you to the top of the town get off the bus at The Borough. Getting off the bus here will take you to the High Street where you will find banks, Post Office, cafes and shops. After a short walk you will find the library.
To look up timetables, bus stop information and plan your journey, go to www.traveline.info
English National Concessionary Travel Scheme Passes are available for those who are of pensionable age or eligible on the grounds of disability. Whilst students (16+) can apply for a County Ticket (annual ticket) here or call 0300 123 2224 to speak to an advisor. For all other discounts and offers please contact the bus operator.
Practical information about using the bus from Wyndham Park
Your nearest stops are located at:
- Great Mead
- Adj Raleigh Road (Collingwood Road)
- Drake Road
- Lyde Road (for Pen Mill Station)
Your local bus services and their main stops
- Service 70 (Southwest Coaches) Yeovil Bus Station – Pen Mill – Wyndham Park – Monmouth Road Hall – Lyde Road – Borough – Yeovil Bus Station
- Service 51 (Buses of Somerset) Yeovil (Abbey Manor Park) – Borough – Yeovil (Cavalier Way)
Using mobile phone technology to find your next bus
NextBuses is a mobile internet service which enables you to find bus times on your smartphone (iphone, Android and Windows Phone apps are also available). It allows you to select a bus stop close to where you are and find times for the next buses from that stop. Scheduled bus times are shown if live times are not available. Normal data charges from your mobile phone operator apply. Speed and access to the service is subject to your network connection.
You can also check the next buses from a particular bus stop by sending the bus stop code in a text to 84268. The bus stop code may be displayed on the bus stop flag or in the timetable case. If the stop has lots of departures, then you can also add the service number you want (leaving a space after the stop code)… so your message might look like “sotdtdpt 3”. You will receive a message back, normally in less than a minute. Typically the message will show a clock time if the information comes from timetables (e.g. 0935) but it will show an expected waiting time (e.g. 5 mins) if it comes from a real-time information system. Remember the service is specific to an individual stop for travel in that one direction… the code for the stop in the other direction will be different. The message you send will cost your normal text message charge. In some areas the reply will be free of charge. In most areas the reply will cost up to 25p.
The bus stop codes around Wyndham Park:
Sotdtmjd – Yeovil, Great Mead (NE-bound)
Sotdtmja – Yeovil, adj Raleigh Road (Collingwood Road)
Sotdtmgw – Yeovil, Drake Road (SW-bound)
Getting on the bus
- Find the right stop.
- Stopping the bus – check the route number and destination on the front of the bus as it approaches. Raise your arm to show the driver that you want it to stop – it may not stop otherwise.
- Buy your ticket on the bus – choose from a single, return or day ticket for your journey. Quite often day tickets are the cheapest if you are doing two or more journeys that day. Generally a return ticket is the price of 2 singles – unlike the train. Having the correct fare will help the driver who may not have much change. Season tickets may be the cheapest option if you intend to use the bus a lot for your daily commute (these need to be purchased from the bus station or online).
- Getting off the bus – press the bell once in advance of the stop where you want to get off, giving the driver enough time to slow down and stop. Ask the driver for help if you are unsure where to get off the first time. It helps to know how long your journey is supposed to be so that you know roughly how long you should be on the bus for.
Details of the bus services that operate around Wyndham Park and Yeovil can also be found at the back of the Wyndham Park Travel Pack.